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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636442/the-national-ebola-training-and-education-center-preparing-the-united-states-for-ebola-and-other-special-pathogens
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Christopher J Kratochvil, Laura Evans, Bruce S Ribner, John J Lowe, Melissa Cole Harvey, Richard C Hunt, Abbigail J Tumpey, Ryan P Fagan, Michelle M Schwedhelm, Sonia Bell, John Maher, Colleen S Kraft, Nicholas V Cagliuso, Sharon Vanairsdale, Angela Vasa, Philip W Smith
The National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC) was established in 2015 in response to the 2014-2016 Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa. The US Department of Health and Human Services office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sought to increase the competency of healthcare and public health workers, as well as the capability of healthcare facilities in the United States, to deliver safe, efficient, and effective care to patients infected with Ebola and other special pathogens nationwide...
May 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633723/validated-measures-of-insomnia-function-sleepiness-and-nasal-obstruction-in-a-cpap-alternatives-clinic-population
#2
Austin S Lam, Nancy A Collop, Donald L Bliwise, Raj C Dedhia
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Although efficacious in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) can be difficult to tolerate, with long-term adherence rates approaching 50%. CPAP alternatives clinics specialize in the evaluation and treatment of CPAP-intolerant patients; yet this population has not been studied in the literature. To better understand these patients, we sought to assess insomnia, sleep-related functional status, sleepiness, and nasal obstruction, utilizing data from validated instruments...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618965/time-dependent-effects-of-prognostic-biomarkers-of-systemic-inflammation-in-patients-with-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Wayne B Harris, Chao Zhang, Yuan Liu, Dale K Robertson, Mikhail Y Akbashev, Brian M Lingerfelt, Omer Kucuk, Bradley C Carthon, Theresa W Gillespie, Adeboye O Osunkoya, Viraj A Master
The goal of this study was to examine time-dependent effects of prognostic biomarkers of systemic inflammation in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Retrospective chart reviews were conducted at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University and the Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center with authorization from the Emory University Institutional Review Board and the Veterans Administration Research and Development Committee. Inclusion criteria included age ⩾18 years, treatment with targeted therapy for clear cell or non-clear cell metastatic renal cell carcinoma and concomitant assessment of C-reactive protein and albumin levels on ⩾3 occasions that were ⩾10 days apart...
June 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596100/aerodynamic-patterns-in-patients-with-voice-disorders-a-retrospective-study
#4
Marina Gilman, Brian Petty, Carissa Maira, Madeleine Pethan, Lijia Wang, Edie R Hapner, Michael M Johns
OBJECTIVE: A recently published retrospective chart review of aerodynamic profiles of women with primary muscle tension dysphonia by Gillespie et al (2013) identified various relationships between mean airflow rate (MFR) and estimated subglottal pressure (est-Psub). The current retrospective study expanded the diagnostic categories to include all voice disorders referred for voice therapy. Three research questions were proposed: (1) Are there differences in the MFR and the est-Psub compared with the normal control group? (2) Within the disordered population, are there different variations in the pairing of MFR and est-Psub? (3) If these variations exist, are they diagnosis specific? METHODS: A retrospective chart review of patients seen for acoustic and aerodynamic voice assessment at the Emory Voice Center between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014, were examined for aerodynamic measures of est-Psub and MFR; of these, 192 met the inclusion criteria...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586952/brain-metastasis-velocity-a-novel-prognostic-metric-predictive-of-overall-survival-and-freedom-from-whole-brain-radiation-therapy-after-distant-brain-failure-following-upfront-radiosurgery-alone
#5
Michael Farris, Emory R McTyre, Christina K Cramer, Ryan Hughes, David M Randolph, Diandra N Ayala-Peacock, J Daniel Bourland, Jimmy Ruiz, Kounosuke Watabe, Adrian W Laxton, Stephen B Tatter, Xiaobo Zhou, Michael D Chan
PURPOSE: Prior statistical models attempted to identify risk factors for time to distant brain failure (DBF) or time to salvage whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT) to predict the benefit of early WBRT versus stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) alone. We introduce a novel clinical metric, brain metastasis velocity (BMV), for predicting clinical outcomes after initial DBF following upfront SRS alone. METHODS AND MATERIALS: BMV was defined as the cumulative number of new brain metastases that developed over time since first SRS in years...
May 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583908/emory-s-winship-earns-comprehensive-status
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Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta, GA, has been granted Comprehensive Cancer Center status, the NCI's highest designation. The center was particularly recognized for its population-based research and extensive clinical trials program.
June 5, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581405/external-validity-of-a-risk-stratification-score-predicting-early-distant-brain-failure-and-salvage-whole-brain-radiation-therapy-after-stereotactic-radiosurgery-for-brain-metastases
#7
Robert H Press, Danielle M Boselli, James T Symanowski, Scott P Lankford, Robert J McCammon, Benjamin J Moeller, John H Heinzerling, Carolina E Fasola, Stuart H Burri, Kirtesh R Patel, Anthony L Asher, Ashley L Sumrall, Walter J Curran, Hui-Kuo G Shu, Ian R Crocker, Roshan S Prabhu
BACKGROUND: A scoring system using pretreatment factors was recently published for predicting the risk of early (≤6 months) distant brain failure (DBF) and salvage whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT) after stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) alone. Four risk factors were identified: (1) lack of prior WBRT; (2) melanoma or breast histologic features; (3) multiple brain metastases; and (4) total volume of brain metastases <1.3 cm(3), with each factor assigned 1 point. The purpose of this study was to assess the validity of this scoring system and its appropriateness for clinical use in an independent external patient population...
July 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571577/protocol-for-the-emory-university-african-american-vaginal-oral-and-gut-microbiome-in-pregnancy-cohort-study
#8
Elizabeth J Corwin, Carol J Hogue, Bradley Pearce, Cherie C Hill, Timothy D Read, Jennifer Mulle, Anne L Dunlop
BACKGROUND: Adverse birth and neonatal outcomes disproportionately affect African American women and infants compared to those of other races/ethnicities. While significant research has sought to identify underlying factors contributing to these disparities, current understanding remains limited, constraining prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment. With the development of next generation sequencing techniques, the contribution of the vaginal microbiome to adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes has come under consideration...
June 1, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537447/hypocretin-measurement-shelf-age-of-radioimmunoassay-kit-but-not-freezer-time-influences-assay-variability
#9
Glenda Keating, Donald L Bliwise, Prabhjyot Saini, David B Rye, Lynn Marie Trotti
The hypothalamic peptide hypocretin 1 (orexin A) may be assayed in cerebrospinal fluid to diagnose narcolepsy type 1. This testing is not commercially available, and factors contributing to assay variability have not previously been comprehensively explored. In the present study, cerebrospinal fluid hypocretin concentrations were determined in duplicate in 155 patient samples, across a range of sleep disorders. Intra-assay variability of these measures was analyzed. Inter-assay correlation between samples tested at Emory and at Stanford was high (r = 0...
May 24, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536486/emerging-indications-for-fractionated-gamma-knife-radiosurgery
#10
Emory McTyre, Corbin A Helis, Michael Farris, Lisa Wilkins, Darrell Sloan, William H Hinson, J Daniel Bourland, William A Dezarn, Michael T Munley, Kounosuke Watabe, Fei Xing, Adrian W Laxton, Stephen B Tatter, Michael D Chan
BACKGROUND: Gamma Knife radiosurgery (GKRS) allows for the treatment of intracranial tumors with a high degree of dose conformality and precision. There are, however, certain situations wherein the dose conformality of GKRS is desired, but single session treatment is contraindicated. In these situations, a traditional pin-based GKRS head frame cannot be used, as it precludes fractionated treatment. OBJECTIVE: To report our experience in treating patients with fractionated GKRS using a relocatable, noninvasive immobilization system...
February 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532575/readmission-rates-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-in-high-and-extreme-risk-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis
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Jessica Forcillo, Jose F Condado, Jose N Binongo, Yi Lasanajak, Hope Caughron, Vasilis Babaliaros, Chandan Devireddy, Bradley Leshnower, Robert A Guyton, Peter C Block, Amy Simone, Patricia Keegan, Paul Khairy, Vinod H Thourani
OBJECTIVE: In high- or extreme-risk patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement, readmissions have not been adequately studied and are the subject of increased scrutiny by healthcare systems. The objectives of this study were to determine the incidence of 30-day and 1-year cardiac and noncardiac readmissions, identify predictors of readmission, and assess the association between readmission and 1-year mortality. METHODS: A retrospective review was performed on 714 patients who underwent transcatheter aortic valve replacement from September 2007 to January 2015 at Emory University...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511975/leptomeningeal-failure-in-patients-with-breast-cancer-receiving-stereotactic-radiosurgery-for-brain-metastases
#12
REVIEW
Edina C Wang, Andrew J Huang, Karen E Huang, Emory R McTyre, Hui-Wen Lo, Kounosuke Watabe, Linda Metheny-Barlow, Adrian W Laxton, Stephen B Tatter, Roy E Strowd, Michael D Chan, Brandi R Page
PURPOSE: Prior studies suggest a high incidence of leptomeningeal failure (LMF) in breast cancer metastatic to brain. This study examines breast cancer-specific variables affecting development of LMF and survival after Gamma-Knife Radiosurgery (GKS). METHODS: Between 2000-2010, 149 (breast) and 658 other-histology patients were treated with GKS. Hormone/HER2, age, local/distant brain failure, prior craniotomy, and prior whole-brain radiotherapy (WBRT) were assessed...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481592/luciano-l-abate-1928-2016
#13
Robert Henley Woody
This article memorializes Luciano L'Abate (1928 -2016). In 1964, L'Abate became an assistant professor of medical psychology at the Washington University School of Medicine and, in 1965, an associate professor of pediatrics in the Emory University School of Medicine. He then transitioned to the Georgia State University (GSU), where he was promoted to professor of psychology. From 1965 to 1990, he served as director of the Family Psychology Program and Family Study Center at GSU. In retirement, L'Abate increased his writing and lecturing...
May 2017: American Psychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474107/-foot-drop-treatment-by-implantation-of-a%C3%A2-neuroprosthesis-actigait%C3%A2
#14
D Yao, E Jakubowitz, S Ettinger, C Plaass, C Stukenborg-Colsman, K Daniilidis
OBJECTIVE: Gait improvement by restoring dorsiflexion using a neuroprosthesis implant. INDICATIONS: Foot drop with damage to the 1st motor neuron; passive mobility in ankle is possible; adult patients. CONTRAINDICATIONS: Foot drop with peripheral damage and injury to the peroneal nerve; already implanted stimulators (e.g., defibrillator, pacemaker, or pain stimulator); severe anesthesia risks in multimorbid patients. SURGICAL TECHNIQUE: Surgery in lateral position...
May 4, 2017: Operative Orthopädie und Traumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472248/accounting-for-tumor-purity-improves-cancer-subtype-classification-from-dna-methylation-data
#15
Weiwei Zhang, Hao Feng, Hao Wu, Xiaoqi Zheng
Motivation: Tumor sample classification has long been an important task in cancer research. Classifying tumors into different subtypes greatly benefits therapeutic development and facilitates application of precision medicine on patients. In practice, solid tumor tissue samples obtained from clinical settings are always mixtures of cancer and normal cells. Thus, the data obtained from these samples are mixed signals. The "tumor purity", or the percentage of cancer cells in cancer tissue sample, will bias the clustering results if not properly accounted for...
May 4, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459761/a-novel-weaning-protocol-for-high-flow-nasal-cannula-in-the-picu
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Kristina A Betters, Kiran B Hebbar, Courtney McCracken, David Heitz, Stephanie Sparacino, Toni Petrillo
OBJECTIVE: High-flow nasal cannula use in the PICU continues to increase; however, a protocol for weaning patients has yet to be published. This study aimed to create an efficient and safe protocol for weaning high-flow nasal cannula. DESIGN: A Respiratory Assessment Score was created using two validated scoring systems. A protocol was established for set "holidays" off high-flow nasal cannula, where nasal cannula flow was reduced to age-based low-flow nasal cannula rates if Respiratory Assessment Scores met certain criteria...
April 27, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426239/performance-of-an-artificial-pancreas-system-for-young-children-with-type-1-diabetes
#17
Mark D DeBoer, Marc D Breton, Christian Wakeman, Elaine M Schertz, Emma G Emory, Jessica L Robic, Laura L Kollar, Boris P Kovatchev, Daniel R Cherñavvsky
BACKGROUND: Young children 5-8 years old with type 1 diabetes (T1D) exhibit clear needs for improved glycemic control but may be limited in their ability to safely interact with an artificial pancreas system. Our goal was to evaluate the safety and performance of an artificial pancreas (AP) system among young children with T1D. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: In a randomized, crossover trial, children with T1D age 5-8 years were enrolled to receive on separate study periods (in random order) either the UVa AP using the DiAs Control Platform software with child-resistant lock-out screens (followed as an out-patient admission) or their usual insulin pump+continuous glucose monitor (CGM) care at home...
May 2017: Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424653/disentangling-stigma-from-functional-neurological-disorders-conference-report-and-roadmap-for-the-future
#18
Karen S Rommelfanger, Stewart A Factor, Suzette LaRoche, Phyllis Rosen, Raymond Young, Mark H Rapaport
A multidisciplinary expert review of key issues and future directions from the conference "Controversial labels and clinical uncertainties: psychogenic disorders, conversion disorder, and functional symptoms." On October 9 and 10, 2015, a conference entitled "Controversial labels and clinical uncertainties: psychogenic disorders, conversion disorder, and functional symptoms" was held at the Center for Ethics, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA. This conference brought together a select group of 30 distinguished thought leaders and practitioners, including ethicists, researchers, clinicians, humanities scholars, and advocates to discuss the unique challenges and controversies related to the diagnosis, treatment, and stigma for patients with what is currently recognized as functional ("psychogenic") neurological disorders...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421176/distributed-learning-revitalizing-anesthesiology-training-in-resource-limited-ethiopia
#19
Krupa B Patel, Morgan Dooley, Ananya Abate, Vanessa Moll
BACKGROUND: Ethiopia has a significant paucity of available health-care workers. Despite the increasing number of medical schools, there are not enough physician instructors. Furthermore, availability and standardization of postgraduate training are lacking. Modalities of e-learning have been shown to be successful when used to impart medical education in other resource-limited countries. The Emory University and Addis Ababa University (AAU) Departments of Anesthesiology have formed a collaboration with the intent of improving the AAU Anesthesiology residency program, one of two postgraduate training programs for anesthesiology in Ethiopia...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407643/the-use-of-mathematical-models-of-chlamydia-transmission-to-address-public-health-policy-questions-a-systematic-review
#20
Minttu M Rönn, Emory E Wolf, Harrell Chesson, Nicolas A Menzies, Kara Galer, Rachel Gorwitz, Thomas Gift, Katherine Hsu, Joshua A Salomon
BACKGROUND: Mathematical models of chlamydia transmission can help inform disease control policy decisions when direct empirical evaluation of alternatives is impractical. We reviewed published chlamydia models to understand the range of approaches used for policy analyses and how the studies have responded to developments in the field. METHODS: We performed a literature review by searching Medline and Google Scholar (up to October 2015) to identify publications describing dynamic chlamydia transmission models used to address public health policy questions...
May 2017: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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